Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Profile: Psychologist Joe O'Loughlin

Joe O'Loughlin (M) is a fictitious crime solving clinical psychologist created by Australian author Michael Robotham.

The series began in 2005 with the novel The Suspect (M), which garnered much praise around the world.

"Pleasantly creepy....Plotted with precision and narrated with real intelligence." - New York Times Book Review

"The brilliance of CRACKER, the complexity of REBUS and the suspense of PRIME SUSPECT in one novel" - Scottish Daily Record

Joe has a seemingly near perfect life- a great job, a beautiful wife and a loving daughter. But Joe has secrets, things he needs to keep secret, lest they wreak havoc with everyone's happiness. In The Suspect, Joe finds himself accused of a terrible crime, but the complications in his life forces him to keep his alibi secret. Joe must turn detective in order to clear his name and protect those he loves so dearly. Thus begins the crime solving career of psychologist Joe O'Louhglin.

Throughout the series, Joe develops a close working relationship with Detective Vincent Ruiz, the officer who originally arrested him in The Suspect. From this fateful exchange, begins the development of a crime solving duo for the ages.

Robotham's suspense novels are fast paced, cleverly constructed and have intriguing and realistic characters. The tone is on the darker side, with some violence and gruesome scenes. Joe's self depreciated humour does helps to lighten things up a bit for readers.

The Library has the first four novels in the series, with the fifth novel, The Wreckage on order.

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